Fishtail area sees more than 4 inches of rain

Snowpack bumps up yet again just before runoff
Thursday, June 2, 2022
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More than 3 inches of rain fell in several locations around the county during the Memorial Day weekend, prompting minor incident of water running across Stillwater River Road.

The storm system also brought snow to higher elevations, driving snowpack up during what is normally a waning period in the season.

Between midnight on Saturday, May 28, through Wednesday morning, June 1, the Nye area had recorded approximately 4.5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Fishtail wasn’t far behind, with numbers ranging from 3.89 inches to 4.39 inches. The Absarokee area received 3 inches while the Columbus area received between 2.37 and 3.21 inches.

Park City’s total was 1.48 inches and Molt came in at 1.22 inches, according to the NWS.

In surrounding counties, the Greycliff area in Sweet Grass County recorded 5.50 inches of rain and Luther in Carbon County recorded 5.80 inches of rain.

Mountain area recorded one to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow, according to the NWS.

By Sunday, runoff had begun, causing significant rises on area streams. While nothing substantial was reported in Stillwater County, running water did occur across Stillwater River Road in the Nye area Sunday.

The Nye Fire Department posted on social media with photos and the county road crew responded. On Wednesday, the county said the road was passable at all times and the water was going down.

Sweet Grass County was not as fortunate as part of Bridger Creek Road washed out, according to the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

For the month of May, Columbus received 2.68 inches of precipitation. The normal amount for May is 2.82.


High-country snow continued to pump up mountain snowpack across the state. As of Wednesday, June 1, snowpack around the state was as follows, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Services:

•Flathead River Basin: 145 percent of normal (up from 121 percent two weeks ago)

•Gallatin River Basin: 169 percent (up from 108 percent)

•Helena Valley River Basin: 160 percent (up from 103 percent)

•Jefferson River Basin: 173 percent (up from 117 percent)

•Kootenai River Basin: 105 percent (up from 75 percent)

•Lower Clark Fork Basin: 190 percent (up from 124 percent)

•Upper Clark Fork Basin: 160 percent (up from 110 percent)

•Madison River Basin: 146 percent (up from 104 percent)

•Missouri River Basin: 163 percent (up from 112 percent)

•Smith/Judith/Musselshell River Basin: 203 percent (up from 114 percent)

•Upper Yellowstone River Basin: 140 percent (up from 102 percent)

•Yellowstone River Basin AB Glendive: 176 percent (up from 103 percent)


More rain appears to be on the way, with the National Weather Service predicting a 50 percent chance of precipitation Friday night, a 60 to 70 percent Saturday and a 70 percent chance Sunday in Columbus. Highs on those days will reach the low 70s, with lows upper 40s to lower 50s.